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[H] Enthusiast Archives: September 2011Archive Listing

Friday September 30, 2011

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our F1 2011 gameplay performance review followed by our evaluation of the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 Sandy Bridge motherboard. Finally, we wrapped things up with a review of the best overclocking motherboard we have ever tested, the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme.

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Fake Girlfriend Text Service

While this fake girlfriend text service is pretty funny (this is a joke, right?), I'm still waiting for someone to develop a "block my wife's nagging texts" app.

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[H] Man Caves!!!

[H] forum member FrEaKy has just started a thread where you guys can post pictures of your man cave! Want to show off your man cave? Post pictures in this thread (I did)!

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Mobile Computing: MSI X370 Notebook @ PC Perspective

Cases & Modding: Lian Li PV-V600FR @ PureOverclock

ETC.: EnGenius Wireless 300N Gaming Router @ TechwareLabs

Motherboards: ASUS F1A75-V PRO Motherboard @ PureOC

Helicopter View In Google Maps

Previewing your trip with Google maps in 2D? That's how chumps roll, all the cool kids are using the new helicopter view!

To preview your own route, it is as simple as clicking on a button. Start by entering your starting point, destination, and mode of transport like any directions; in this case, driving directions from ‘Carmel CA to Big Sur CA.’ Then, just click on the "3D" play button. The map will switch to Earth view and automatically start flying you along your recommended route.


Chicago Company Sues Facebook Over Timeline Feature

I'll bet you companies like Facebook use one of those "take a number" machines when you file a lawsuit against them. If not....they should. big grin, a small Chicago based company, filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit yesterday against Facebook., an online social-scrapbooking company, has been in business since 2008 and is claiming that Facebook's newest platform product could destroy its livelihood.


Amazon Kindle Fire Costs $209.63 To Make

According to best guesstimates, Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire costs $209.63 to make. That sounds about right, sell it at a slight loss so you can rake it in selling content for the device.

Research firm IHS offers a rundown of the device's components on its site. Materials for the Kindle Fire, which retails for $199, cost $191.65, but with factory expenses, that comes to $209.63. However, despite the apparent loss, IHS estimates that Amazon is "likely to generate a marginal profit of $10" on each Kindle Fire sold, when you take into account sales of digital content with the device.


Faulty Microsoft AV Update Nukes Chrome

Hahaha! I guess this is one way to get rid of your competition in the browser market.

"On September 30th, 2011, an incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified and as a result, Google Chrome was inadvertently blocked and in some cases removed from customers PCs. We have already fixed the issue we released an updated signature (1.113.672.0) at 9:57 am PDT but approximately 3,000 customers were impacted.


Your Input Wanted For Our Next [H] GamExperience Event

The next [H]ard|OCP GamExperience is in the planning stages and we want your ideas and opinions! These events are for YOU (and completely free) so we want to know what you would like to see at a GamExperience event. For those of you that missed our last day-long GamExperience event, check out these pictures of all the fun! Even if you are unable to attend, we want to your ideas on this kind of show.

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We here at [H]ardOCP are kicking around doing our next GamExperience day long event in Dallas, Texas! We want YOUR ideas on what you would like to see at this kind of show! Here is a link to our last GamExperience if you are not familiar. This is all still in the idea phase so please be patient, but we are shooting for a early to mid-December window.

Serious Sam 3: BFE Delayed Until November

Damn, this seriously sucks. I was really looking forward to playing Serious Sam 3: BFE this month but, if the delay means shipping a better game, I suppose I can wait. frown

We have been working very hard on SS3 all the way, and especially in these recent months trying to make it for the promised October 18th. In the past few days, we did some reassessments, based both on internal results, and on beta testing feedback, and determined that we would want to do some more gameplay tuning, bugfixing and optimization - more than would be possible within the given timeframe.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Catwoman's Sins in Batman: Arkham City @ Joystiq

Dawn of Fantasy Dawns @ Blue's News

The Toughest Xbox 360 Achievement You Can Get @ Kotaku

Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Launches Tomorrow @ Shacknews

Intel Core i3 2120 Processor

Overclockers Club has posted a review of the budget friendly Intel Core i3 2120 processor today for those of you interested. If you are building a back-up box, media / file server or the likes, the 3.30GHz Core i3 2120 might be just what you need.

Sure its nice to play with the high end processors and video cards, but when you get down to it, how relevant is that to the person looking to build a computer for the same amount of cash some of us enthusiasts spend on just video cards or high end CPUs alone? Not everyone has the budget, or realistically the need, for a $5000 behemoth of a PC when a dual-core $500 build with a low cost CPU will do the job.